Over the past few weeks, since John Robinson (aka Xfactor on Warrior Forum) released his “Authority Site Adsense Course“, I’ve been tweaking ClickBump Theme in order to automate the process of building these types of sites. John’s inspiration only served to reinforce what I had already discovered after reading Lisa Parmley’s excellent “Inline SEO“ course and video series when I invested in it at the beginning of last year.
Here’s a couple of screenshots to show what’s in store with the new functions in ClickBump…
Above: The new Home Page Category Index option can be enabled at the click of a button in ClickBump. Shown in “Grid View” with auto-generated category thumbnail images and links to the category landing pages. click the image for full size preview.
Also of note, the Google Search box can be added to your template with drag and drop via a custom new widget that ships with ClickBump. All you have to do is drop in your ad code from Google and ClickBump handles everything else, including styling the button and placing the search box in the header where people can easily use it and you can get the cash for the clicks.
Above: The Home Page Category Index can be configured in theme options in 1 of 3 layouts in real time without affecting your data. Click the image for full size preview (Note: these screenshots were taken in an earlier version of ClickBump theme and may differ from the current shipping theme options panel)
Above: The Category Landing Page using double “Stacked” ads – clickwise theme shown, one of the 12 high ranking SEO enabled templates included with core package
Note: When ads are present, the category thumbnail image will be used (instead of the larger original) and placed to the right side with the text wrapping to the left. This provides a safe buffer zone between the ads and the images as John suggests on page 158 of his new course. When ads are not present in the content, such as when Adsense is disabled or you’ve chosen the setting “Don’t Show Adsense on Category Landing Pages” in theme options, the larger category image will be used with the text wrapping around it to the right.
Here’s a shot of the category landing page with “Don’t Show Ads on Category Landing Pages” enabled. ClickBump automatically replaces the thumbnail image with the larger full size version and adjusts the image alignment to the left (when ads are visible, the thumbnail image is used and aligned to the right side as shown in the previous screenshot)…
Above: Category landing page with full size thumbnail image and automatic text wrapping.
Notice how the Category Title, “Black Tea is Good for the Soul“, is enhanced and contains more descriptive text than the category name, “Black Tea” which is used in the right side category menu. ClickBump’s enhancements to the default WordPress category manager enables you to create custom Category titles as well as category images automatically with point and click.
Above: The ClickBump “Adsense Settings” in theme options enables configuration of Ads, sitewide and on category pages specifically
For those of you familiar with John’s original course, the core focus was building tightly focused, small (in most cases under 10 pages) niche sites on a particular product related topic, and monetized with Google ads which are placed above the fold, near the top of each page with a single large rectangle ad unit.
In John’s new course, he provides a pretty thorough and extremely well documented walk through of how he structures his larger “Authority” sites which have upwards of hundreds of pages, grown over time.
At the core of this concept is the idea of “theming” via site categories. This also reinforces what has been called the “Silo” approach to site building. There is quite a bit of momentum behind the idea of site theming and quite a bit of real world evidence that Google and other search engines respond extremely well to content that’s organized into categories.
To that end, I’ve released an update to my site publishing tool, ClickBump Theme (free upgrade to ClickBump Engine owners). This version has some extremely powerful features that make these types of sites a point and click operation. What’s more, owing to the flexibility of the core ClickBump engine, you can use any existing ClickBump template to build these sites.
With the latest release you can create an automated “Category Index Page“, just as John describes on pages 126-127, complete with thumbnails and descriptions for each category, at the click of a button. Here’s an example of what the new Category Index page looks like as viewed in the recently released Amazonia template (available at the member’s dashboard)…
You also get the option of having ClickBump automatically list “Related Articles and Posts” below each article and Category landing page as described on pages 136-138. This is all completely automated for you.
In addition, if you are including Adsense ads on your pages, you can now specify the use of “Stacked Ads” just as John discusses on pages 136-137 and Page 142 as well as a single click in theme options to include the divider line John recommends on page 140. It also allows you to add a Google search bar just as John describes on page 131.
I’ve added point and click tools for creating your Category landing page just like John does as well as a point and click upload button for uploading each of your category images that will be used on the category index page. Here’s a screenshot of the updated Category Editor that you’ll get along with ClickBump Theme.
Above: The updated Category Edit Screen complete with full text rich text editor for creating your category landing page copy (complete with visual text formatting, links and images if desired), as well as your Category image. When you upload the image, ClickBump automatically creates a resized thumbnail version that is used for your Category index page, while the original is also uploaded to be used on your Category Landing page.
Finally, I’ve released a new template, XFactored 2.0, along with the latest release of ClickBump theme, that is specifically tuned to match the example site John uses. And I’ve also posted a step by step guide, using this new template, which walks you through the creation of the entire site, complete with every function and layout point that John uses in his authority sites.
Here’s a sneak peak of the XFactored 2.0 template in the unique list view with 2 columns (you configure the layout at the click of a button in theme options) …
Gotta get back to work now. More to come!